American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To undergo thickening or cause to thicken, as by boiling or evaporation; condense.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To thicken, as a fluid, by evaporation; bring to greater consistence by evaporation.
- Thick; inspissated.
- v. transitive To thicken, especially by boiling, evaporation, or condensation; condense.
- v. intransitive To become viscous.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To thicken or bring to greater consistence, as fluids by evaporation.
- adj. Thick or thickened; inspissated.
- v. make viscous or dense
- v. become thick or thicker
- v. make thick or thicker
- From Late Latin īnspissāre, īnspissāt-, to thicken : Latin in-, causative pref.; see in-2 + Latin spissus, thick. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It has all the requisite soft consonants, and is probably as common and more useful for writers than "potamophilous" or "inspissate.”
“A spring of brine rises in the bed of a river, named Lofubu, and this the Bayenga inspissate by boiling, and sell the salt at market.”
“The juice inspissate, drunk with wine, helps ague.”
“In these troughs the eggs, broken and stirred with shovels, remain exposed to the sun till the oily part, which swims on the surface, has time to inspissate.”
“The Soldiers which were kept on the Land Frontiers, to clear them of the Indians, taking their Range through a Piece of low Ground, about Forty Miles above the inhabited Parts of Patowmeck River, and resting themselves in the Woods of those low Grounds, observ'd an inspissate Juice, like Molasses, distilling from the Tree.”
“Heroin, morphine and opium are inspissate juices and narcotic poisons in the genus of poppies, called Papaver.”
“Sir C Bunbury Esq and 20 others, I do not mean that these persons wrote to me (they did not except Mr Lofft) but were often sending queries by servants &c which as I never would be seen if I could help it caused me to lose much time and slur a great deal of beautiful white paper, the private friendship and assistance I received from Bob amply paid me for my loss of time &c. and when they prevailed on me to be a Master (in that which is now Mrs Armstrong the Hatters shop) my Sheepishness increased so as to inspissate me, And besides it pleased God to take from me my Excelant wife.”
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